Sunday 3 May

A friend of mine has a neighbour who sings. Here is said neighbour in his Cotswold garden singing an Easter song written in 1928 by the Anglican priest John Crum for the Oxford Book of Carols.

Carols are not just a Christmas tradition believe it or not. One of the purposes of the pioneering Oxford Book was to partner modern carols with traditional folk tunes.

This Easter Carol was written for the French folk tune ‘Noel nouvelet’. To be honest it works so well many think the whole carol, words and music, is rooted way back in the medieval past. It is a song of hope not just for the Easter season but for our time. Now. 


Now the green blade rises from the buried grain, 
Wheat that in the dark earth many years has lain; 
Love lives again, that with the dead has been:
Love is come again, like wheat that springs up green.

In the grave they laid Him, Love Whom we had slain, 
Thinking that He’d never wake to life again,
Laid in the earth like grain that sleeps unseen:
Love is come again, like wheat that springs up green.

Up He sprang at Easter, like the risen grain, 
He that for three days in the grave had lain; 
Up from the dead my risen Lord is seen:
Love is come again, like wheat that springs up green.

When our hearts are saddened, grieving or in pain,
By Your touch You call us back to life again; 
Fields of our hearts that dead and bare have been: 
Love is come again, like wheat that springs up green.